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How Are Airline Flights Scheduled?

How Are Airline Flights Scheduled? Documentary goes behind the science of regularly scheduled departures and arrivals. Have you ever wondered how so many flights are scheduled back and forth around the world on a daily basis? According to FlightRadar24, over 100,000 flights depart around the world each day. Wendover Productions broke that down even further in…

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How Are Airline Flights Scheduled?


Documentary goes behind the science of regularly scheduled departures and arrivals.

Have you ever wondered how so many flights are scheduled back and forth around the world on a daily basis? According to FlightRadar24, over 100,000 flights depart around the world each day. Wendover Productions broke that down even further in a short documentary posted on YouTube, explaining how airlines flights are scheduled between air line and airports.

The nine-minute video looks into how the puzzle of scheduling flights between air lines takes place to ensure travelers get to their final destinations with minimal difficulties. Using American Airlines as an example, the video explains that flights are scheduled to arrive and depart out of hubs at nearly the same time.

“This way, nobody has to wait longer than two hours to connect,” the video explains. “This is how the airline gets those connecting passengers: offering shorter connection times.”

Narration also explains the difference between “banked” hubs versus “non-banked” hubs. “Banked” hubs, which require flights to enter and exit within a certain timing window, are more expensive because they require additional personnel and equipment to maintain. The “non-banked” hub operated by Southwest Airlines requires less equipment, thus keeping costs down for the airline and their passengers. The video continues by explaining how traffic is handled between hubs, and how “banking” can go even further aboard Middle East carriers to ensure connections remain consistent.

Additionally, the documentary describes the biggest difference between budget carriers and non-budget carriers. Because time on the ground costs airline money, budget carriers continually fly their aircraft. According to the film, low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will fly an aircraft for an average of 11 hours per day, nearly four hours longer than legacy carrier American.

The video, along with other air lines-related mini-documentaries, can be found on Wendover Productions’ YouTube channel.

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Marriott Waives Cancellation Fees in Response to Outbreak

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Marriott International has released a statement today regarding its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak that has been affecting the travel industry worldwide.

“We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization’s statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and following guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments,” the statement reads.

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The brand emphasizes that the “wellbeing of our guests and associates is of paramount importance.” Marriott hotels and resorts have been waiving cancellation fees for bookings through March 15, 2020, for guests with reservations in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan.

In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Asia and Europe, Marriott has begun to waive the cancellation fees for guests with reservations in South Korea, Japan and the Italian Lombardy and Veneto regions on Wednesday, February 26. Fees will be waived through March 15, 2020.

Marriott will also waive cancellation fees for guests in all aforementioned locations traveling outbound to other Marriott destinations globally for hotel stays through March 15, 2020.

There have been over 80,000 confirmed infections of the coronavirus worldwide. Over 70,000 cases have been confirmed in China, where the current strain is believed to have originated. Many cruises, flights and vacations to Asian countries have been canceled in response to the rapid spread of the virus.

Italy has recently become another focal point of the outbreak, with over 800 confirmed cases within a short timeframe.

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